Every product you do or do not put on the coat has an affect in regard to skin and coat health, and a Maltipoo's appearance.
- Inferior shampoos often have the wrong pH, which can cause drying. In addition, cheap soaps will irritate skin which can lead to drying, itching, etc., and will not properly cleanse away accumulated body oils. With breeds like the Maltipoo, that have hair and not fur, skin tends to be sensitive. Shampoos with soothing ingredients like aloe or oatmeal can be great to help skin retain moisture.
- While there are a host of skin and coat issues that can require certain specialty shampoos, the most common issue is allergy-related problems including itching, peeling, rash, and/or hot spots. A shampoo with healing and soothing ingredients such as aloe vera, tea tree oil, neem, coconut, and/or argan oil can help.
- Right after shampooing, hair cuticles are open. So, it's vital to use a good conditioner. It will work to help close the cuticles, leading to a nice, soft texture. Additionally, if a conditioner is too oily, it will not rinse out well, and this can cause the coat to lie flat.
- A daily conditioning spritz serves many purposes. It helps protect against contact friction, helps prevent split ends, helps prevent tangles, helps repel dirt and debris, offers a layer of protection against arid air in the winter and the effects of the sun in the summer, and can keep a dog smelling super clean in between baths.